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The Martha’s Vineyard “Dumptique”

Dumptique | From the Seasonally Occupied Territories . . ..

Thanks to Sharon Stewart for sharing this great idea on Ottawa’s Recycling BB.

Looks just like a boutique, but everything is FREE, and it is located at the dump!

The little kids department

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Haifa’s RRFM in a tent

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Haifa’s Tent City

Though Haifa’s “tent city” can’t compare to Tel Aviv’s, it has grown from three tents to about 50. But not only has the number of tents increased – a real culture has sprung up, along with hierarchies and role divisions, and local norms. The infrastructure has expanded to include chemical toilets, an ecological dish washing system, a living “room” and kitchen, and other amenities.

Some of the alternative values that have taken hold at the tent city are reflected in this “free market.” People leave items they no longer want and may take whatever they want (“freecycling”).


posted by Gub in Freecycling,Simplicity,Sustainability and have No Comments

Frugal Parenting: Some great advice for new parents / parents to be


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I recently learned that I’m going to be a great uncle once again.  I was thinking that my nephew could probably use some advice and assistance on frugal parenting.  An addition to his household is going to add a financial burden for sure.  To reduce the financial burden, at the same time as increasing the family’s capacity to support the new family member, it seems to me that he needs to learn about freecycling and about living “The Compact” life style.

I found some great advice from a new Mother on “The Compact“, a Yahoo!group community of people committed to a 12 month flight from the consumer grid.  Shopping on FullCircles and Freecycle groups for baby stuff can save a family tons of money… money that can be used for other things.

The advice has been extracted and forms the content for a FullCircles newsletter entitled, “Having a Compacty Baby”.  The new Mom provides advice on breastfeeding, co-sleeping, cloth diapers, buying used, “wearing” your baby, telling others about your compacty preferences.

Here’s the newsletter: “Having a Compacty Baby“.


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Making Dandelion Wine

I have always wanted to try this. I have a neighbour who has lower-than-average lawnmowing skills and about one million dandelions in the backyard. They are encroaching into my grass. Wouldn’t this be a nice way to make use of them?

Check out this editorial on how to make your own dandelion wine!



The website I am linking to has a lot of really cool, different ideas about homes and living, many very frugal and environmental. Give them a browse!


posted by sara in Cheap Eats,Environment,Foodstuffs for Thought,Free Stuff,gardening,Simplicity and have No Comments

Gub’s Freecycling Playlist

Gub’s YouTube Freecycling Playlist

Collection of 45 YouTube videos related to the topic of Freecycling.


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Thoreau’s Guide to Living More by Spending Less

Thoreau’s Guide to Living More by Spending Less
by Dumb Little Man

There are lots of reasons for living a more minimalist life. By owning less you reduce your impact on the environment, you spend less, and you live more simply.

For Henry David Thoreau, the reason for spending less boiled down to a simple formula. It’s what I call “the life calculation.” Here’s how Thoreau describes it:

The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.

Why live more simply? Because the more stuff we buy, the more we end up exchanging our life for the things we own. This is a radical way of thinking about cost. Normally, we think of cost as a measure of dollars and cents. The latest iPhone costs $399. A new Toyota Prius costs around $25,000. A house on the beach in Malibu costs $20,000,000. You get the idea.

Thoreau’s key insight is that the things we buy don’t just cost money, they cost us time, effort, and sacrifice. They cost us our life.


Thoreau’s Guide to Living More by Spending Less – by Dumb Little Man

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